EKU Ranks No. 2 Nationally in 2015 "Best for Vets" Survey

file photo from Veterans Day ceremony

For the fourth time in five years, Eastern Kentucky University ranks second or higher nationally among four-year schools in the Military Times “Best for Vets” rankings.

The rankings measure schools on their commitment to helping military veterans further their education. EKU, which finished second in the 2015 rankings to only the University of Nebraska at Omaha, ranked No. 1 in 2011 and 2013 and No. 2 in 2012.

The detailed survey requires schools to meticulously document a tremendous array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to military and veteran students and to describe many aspects of veteran culture on campus.

“We factor in what is, to our knowledge, the most detailed school-by-school data on veteran students’ academic success anywhere, including graduation, retention, persistence and course completion rates,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Best for Vets.

The rankings are published in full in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times on newsstands the week of Nov. 10; in the November issue of Military Times EDGE magazine; and online at MilitaryTimes.com, as well as ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com. 

To see the complete 2015 rankings, visit projects.militarytimes.com/jobs/best-for-vets/2015/colleges/4-year.

Eastern Kentucky University has earned national recognition from several other sources in recent years for the services it provides U.S. military veterans and their dependents.

Home to more than 1,500 military-affiliated students, EKU also has been recognized by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School each of the past five years. Earlier this year, U.S. Veterans magazine ranked EKU among 145 Top Veteran-Friendly Schools for 2014.

In 2010, Eastern launched Operation Veteran Success, a series of initiatives designed to make the university even more veteran-helpful. These initiatives include:

·          No admission fees for undergraduate veterans.

·         In-state tuition for all out-of-state veterans nationwide.

·         Maximum credit hours for military experience.

·         Priority registration.

·         Book vouchers and Books for Boots Exchange Library.

·         Veterans Bridge to College Success cohort classes.

·         Veterans orientation course.

·         Veteran-helpful withdrawal and readmission policy.

·         Vet-2-Vet sponsorship program and active Vets Club.

·         Recreational and other extracurricular activities.

·         Specially designated housing for student veterans.

·         Veteran Studies minor, believed to be the nation’s first, to help those who haven’t served in the military to better understand the issues that veterans face, and to help the veterans themselves deal with those issues.

In 2013, EKU partnered with Kentucky River Foothills, a local non-profit organization, to obtain federal funding to help veterans in transition find and maintain suitable housing. Since the grant’s implementation, the funds have helped more than 100 student veterans.

For more information about services available at EKU for veterans and their dependents, contact the EKU Office of Military and Veterans Affairs at 859-622-2345 or EKUVeteransAffairs@eku.edu or visit va.eku.edu.

Published on November 10, 2014

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